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The finest historical novel ever written by an American The Washington Post In Augustus John Williams re creates the Roman Empire from the death of Julius Caesar to the last days of Augustus, the machinations of the court, the Senate, and the people, from the sickly boy to the sickly man who almost dies during expeditions to what would seem to be the ruthless ruler He uses an epistolary format, and in the end all these voices, like a collage, meld together around the main characterRead it in conjunction with Robert GravessflamboyantI, Claudius and Marguerite Yourcenars Memoirs of HadrianHarold Augenbraum, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation A novel of extraordinary range, yet of extraordinary minuteness, that manages never to sacrifice one quality for the other Financial Times Williams has fashioned an always engaging, psychologically convincing work of fictiona consistent and well realized portraitThomas Lask, The New York TimesReaders of both Stonerand Butchers Crossingwill here encounter an altogether new version of the John Williams theyve come to know Augustusis an epistolary novel set in classicalRome Its a rare genius who can reinvent himself in his final work and earn high praise for doing so The Millions Augustus is gripping, brimming with life Dan Piepenbring, The Paris Review Daily This novel of an aged emperor will be intensely illuminating to anyone who is ready to put modern morality aside for a moment in order to acquire a little knowledge of himself or herself The genius of this astonishing American writer is that he shows how lives that seem utterly strange can be very like our own John Gray, New Statesman John Williamswas born and raised in northeast Texas Despite a talent for writing and acting, Williams flunked out of a local junior college after his first year He reluctantly joined the war effort, enlisting in the Army Air Corps, and managed to write a draft of his first novel while there Once home, Williams found a small publisher for the novel and enrolled at the University of Denver, where he was eventually to receive both his BA and MA and where he was to return as an instructor inHe remained on the staff of the creative writing program at the University of Denver until his retirement inDuring these years, he was an active guest lecturer and writer, editing an anthology of English Renaissance poetry and publishing two volumes of his own poems, as well as three novels, Butchers Crossing,Stoner, and the National Book Awardwinning Augustus all published as NYRB Classics Daniel Mendelsohn was born inand studied classics at the University of Virginia and at Princeton, where he received his doctorate His essays and reviews appear regularly in The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Book Review His books include The Lost A Search for Six of Six Million a memoir, The Elusive Embrace and the collection Waiting for the Barbarians Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture, published by New York Review Books He teaches at Bard College

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